Hi friends! I wrote a little post for the MOB (Mother-of-Boy) Society site, and I thought it might be encouraging to some of you as well. I am sharing the beginning of the post here, then to finish reading it you can click on the link at the bottom. The post talks about encouraging our boys when they are lonely (because the MOB Society is all about moms and boys) but of course the same principles apply to girls, too! Hope you enjoy—
Perhaps the only thing harder than being lonely is being the parent of a lonely child.
We all want our kids to be happy, fulfilled, and surrounded by people who love them and think they’re as wonderful as we do. Yet most kids will go through a season or two (or eight) where they experience some degree of loneliness. Unfortunately it’s just a part of life.
The good news is that lonely seasons will not last forever. Though telling our kids that may not make everything better, this truth can help us as parents to keep perspective.
And as a parent of teenagers who have walked through some lonely seasons and come out the other side, I can say with confidence that things do get better. A lonely season handled well can turn out to be just one chapter in a much bigger story.
During lonely seasons, I have given my boys a safe place to talk about their feelings, and I have listened to their heart. I have encouraged them, and assured them that everyone feels lonely sometimes. We have prayed that God would help them make friends—friends who love Jesus and who would be a good influence and a fun companion. Then I have encouraged them to just keep busy doing the things that are before them: To be great brothers. To do their very best in school. To practice music, and pursue hobbies and use their time to grow in a hundred different ways.
Hop on over to the MOB Society to finish reading, and find my four simple tips to help you and your child get through the lonely seasons.
(I love it when you leave a comment over there as well!)